Classic Jordan series still falls 30 points short of Barry's mark with Warriors

June 16, 1992|By Paul Sullivan and Melissa Isaacson | Paul Sullivan and Melissa Isaacson,Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan's 215 points in the NBA Finals was 30 points shy of the finals' six-game series record of 245, set by San Francisco's Rick Barry in 1967.

NBC must have had a notion that Sunday would be the final game of the series. They had a group picture of the entire crew taken on the Stadium court a few hours before gametime.

Stacey King spent the day after the season in an interesting way,playing one-on-one at the Multiplex while waiting for a meeting with coach Phil Jackson. Scott Williams also couldn't resist taking a couple of shots, "my last of the season," he said as he swished a jumper.

Afterward it was only talk of vacation. "My girlfriend and I are going on a trip in a week," King said, "and we haven't even decided where to go yet. The season was so long, we never had time to talk about it. We're just going to get up and go."

* While sometimes it seems as though guards are getting bigger and bigger every year, Jackson maintains there's still room for the smaller man at guard.

"A young team like Miami," Jackson said, "has Glen Rice and [Steve] Smith, who are basically guards with 6-8 bodies, and have the mentality of guards, and [Brian] Shaw's a 6-6 guard. That's an indication of what some people like.

"But then there's Kevin Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Mark Price, John Stockton. A group of people still know there's tremendous ability in guards of the 6-2 and under variety that can really speed the ball and have that true ability to break down the defense and bring quickness to the game.

"A guard is a guard, and you have to play them that way."

* Horace and the Washington Bullets' Harvey Grant are twin brothers, but Horace was the first to be born and the first to wear an NBA ring. Horace said during the series that he was better than Harvey because of his age. "I'm the oldest," Horace said. "I was born nine minutes older, and he always accepted me as his older brother. I can't explain the reasons why, but I'm better than him."

* The secret to Jordan's success? He knows how to get into the right mood while mentally preparing for a game. He just finds something relaxing to do, like listening to jazz music on his portable CD or just messing around. Whatever it takes.

"It relaxes me," he said. "When I'm in the locker room, I may be joking, or I may be listening to music. But something is going to relax me before I play. Even with golf, it takes my mind away from basketball."

* Magic Johnson hopes to expand on his broadcasting career in

the future. After working as color commentator for NBC during the basketball season, he wants to do sideline reporting for pro football. "I think I could in terms of doing interviews," he said. "Something like Ahmad [Rashad] is doing.

"Not trying to be the announcer, but doing special pieces. I'd like to go into Kansas City or go to Chicago or the Raiders and do interviews, because as an athlete, I feel you know athletes. I think athletes are always going to feel more comfortable talking with other athletes."

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